TurkoTek was conceived and developed by Tom Stacy in early 1997 as a high quality web site devoted to the appreciation of textiles, especially tribal weavings.
In late 1998 he enlisted a group of rug enthusiasts (Wendel Swan, Marvin Amstey,
Irwin and Ginny Kirsch, Jerry Silverman, John Howe, Saul Barodofsky, Daniel Deschuyteneer, Larry Joseph and Steve
Price) to operate the site. We discontinued the Discussion Forum and Marketplace because we believe that other
unmoderated forums adequately serve the community, and that our site will function best without commercial elements.
In November 2001 Filiberto Boncompagni was added to the group that operates the site.
In February and March 2002 we added sections for announcements and for discussion
of miscellaneous rug-related topics not appropriate to Show and Tell, began archiving selected discussion topics
in addition to the Salons, and reduced the schedule of new Salon openings to once a month.
In December 2013, we added Pierre Galafassi, Joel Greifinger, Richard Larkin and Patrick Weiler to the group that operates the site.
We hope our virtual guests will show the same good manners that guests in our homes do, including identifying themselves
and avoiding offensive or irrelevant comments. The hosts will have the ability to delete posts that are detrimental
to a pleasant atmosphere for constructive discussion.